Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) is implementing ‘Sustainable Waste Innovation for a Future in Transition (SWIFT)’, a three-year programme targeting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the waste management sector in Kenya. Funded by the IKEA Foundation, the programme’s primary objective is to transform the waste management sector through innovative business models that embrace the principles of circular economy.
KCIC is placing a call for applications to enrol SMEs operating in the waste management sector in Kenya for either incubation or acceleration under the SWIFT programme. Selected enterprises will receive support ranging from business advisory services, technical assistance, mentorship, access to finance, and by fostering an enabling business environment through advocacy and policy support.
Before filling this application form, kindly ensure you have read and understood the application guidelines on the KCIC website (www.kenyacic.org/swift/) or the PDF version of the same here. If you have already read the guidelines, kindly proceed and fill the form.
This is an 18-month program in which entrepreneurs are provided with tailored support aimed at setting them on a rapid business growth path and preparing them to be investor-ready. In the acceleration phase, KCIC support will focus on operational optimization, marketing and branding, scaling strategies, financial analysis and planning, quality management, enhancing market presence, and ensuring financial resilience and quality control.
The following are the eligibility metrics for the Accelerator programme:
- Business must be legally registered, located and operating in Kenya.
- Business must be operating within the waste management sector.
- Business must have been operational for at least 4 years.
- Business should have a working prototype/ have a minimum viable product.
- Business should have at least 2 years certified audited book of accounts.
- Climate Impact- Must have an impact on climate adaptation, mitigation, and demonstrate environmental benefits.
- Business should have revenues above USD 30,000 per annum.
- Business should have created job opportunities for 5-20 employees.
- Business should demonstrate proof of market with at least 10 existing customers.
- Innovation- business must demonstrate uniqueness of the product, service, or business model in combating climate change.
- Scalability – should be a feasible business model that shows a clear and compelling mission to grow a sustainable and commercially viable business.